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the white house had to reverse course anding a knowledge that president obama did in fact know that his uncle lives in boston, his uncle who was cited for dui and had it fight deportation, the president is fighting more criticism of his management style. they say the president rarely, if ever, had a private meeting with katherine sebelius. she took responsibility for the obama care snafus. the white house has not said how many times sebelius did sit down face-to-face with the president. earlier i asked how this report reflects on the white house, the president and his management style. >> i was surprised this week when the president told chris matthews in an interview that he really didn't think he had to reflect upon his management style, everything was fine in the white house, the real problem was the fact that we have such large signatuagencies government, big bureaucracies, it's hard to get things down. he's the chief executive. he's had five years to address that issue if that's what he thinks. if he thinks a bureaucracy is a problem like this, why did he assign the health care iss
at the white house christmas event. right behind mrs. obama a little girl was knocked over when the girl jumped up. the first lady got down to make sure the girl was okay. there were no tears and the little girl pet sunny. >>> a cold front is creating concerns for farmers in gilroy, crews worked to protect thousands of the trees, pulled the cover over rose of small trees. as for the bigger trees farmers are hoping they are strong enough to make it through. the big trees they don't get damaged as easy as the tiny one, but the small ones we have to protect them. >> bay area nurse reese have sold out of frost protection products for gardners. >> you have crops. >> i have lime trees, summertime. i got them covered up. i built enclosures around them and electric blanketed and people in there with warming things. a guy with a fire going and the whole thing. >> you can buy them for 39- cents apiece. >> it's more fun to do it at home. protect your pets. these are the current temperature. vacaville down to 27. peta looma 26. napa, how about at the airport in napa. salt lake city is 14. it is really cold
deadline for obama care, so the white house is taking on a new effort to fight back against the law's extremely loud critics. you can find of feel the change in tone from the white house on this subject already. they don't sound like they're playing defense on the subject anymore. the president gave a short kickoff speak about it this afternoon in washington, d.c., and i think it was telling this was the biggest applause line in the speech. >> i have always said i would work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to be sure of that. >> on thursday this week, the venue will be different, the crowd bill probably be a little younger, and the president will be forced off script undoubtedly because president obama on thursday is sitting down for a one-on-one hardball college interview with chris matthews at american university. president obama and chris matthews on thursday. the interview can only be seen here on msnbc, this thursday, 7:00 p.m. easte
coming up in just a few minutes. sayouth africa preparing to farewell to nelson mandela. the white house announcing that president obama and michelle obama will travel there next week to attend the memorial. >> on sunday, they will mark a national day of prayer and reflection. his memorial service will be held tuesday in johannesburg. tonight, we are hearing from the former u.s. ambassador south africa. south special memories of africa. >> kimberly suiters is live at the embassy with more. >> all day, people have been braving the elements to the tributes here to the statue of nelson mandela at the embassy. for them, the losses doubly painful. great leaders. >> the only u.s. ambassador to present his credentials to nelson mandela. >> to hear him say in his own sod of humor that it seemed slow now. he was in for 27 years and they grew up knowing who he was without ever having seen him and until this day in 1990. >> that was the first day that most south africans knew what he looked like. >> they are hearing from friends and family still in south africa that everyone is in mourning for the
. >> being obese is a cardiovascular event. >> one day after the improved website went live, president obama wants americans to give healthcare.gov another chance. >> and the president today says it is clear there's a high demand out there for affordable care. tara is at the white house with the latest. >> president obama is asking americans who need insurance to come back to newly overhauled healthcare.gov. >> do not let the initial problems discourage you because it's working better now and it's going to keep on working better over time. >> the obama administration says more than 1 million people logged on to the site monday and the system did not crash. 13,000 were put in a new system to help during high traffic. they are invited to come back when there is less traffic. 60% of them did. the white house is not yet saying how many have enrolled, but high traffic is proof of high demand. >> despite all the problems in the rollout, about half a million people across the country are poised to gain healthcare coverage beginning on january 1. >> the white house hopes highlighting progress
of the vietnamese community and designed to make her look like a communist. >>> happening today at the white house president obama will talk about the economy at 8:15 this morning. he will be focusing on the income gap between the rich and the poor. he will be saying income and equality are a fundamental threat to the american dream. the president will also call for raising the minimum wage. president obama is due to speak at 8:15 this morning. ktvu will provide coverage of his remarks coming up on mornings on 2. >>> also this morning california republicans are defending a website one that criticizes the new health care law. the democrats say taxpayer money should not have been used to create that website. democrats are also saying the website created by republicans and the state assembly looks too much like the real website for the state's health care exchanges. and could prevent some users from signing up. the republican website has links to media coverage detailing problems with rollout of the health care law. >>> fighting to stay open. the new challenge san francisco city college faces. >>> al
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to the obama care website after this weekend's decloration by the white house. >>> the white house is reporting a dramatic improvement in the performance of the healthcare website. but, people are still experiencing delays. the obama administration says there were 375,000 visitors to healthcare.gov just by noon today. that's about half the number of its users that the technology team working on the site declared it can handle each day. >> we executed hundreds of software fixes and hardware upgrades and the site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity with greatly improved performance. >> the department of health and human services says the system failures have fallen from 6% in october to less than 1% and response times for the web pages are down from 8 seconds to less than 1. the technology team warns too much traffic could still overwelm the system. >> well, hawaii is staying aloha to gay marriage. six couples tied the knot just after midnight. hawaii is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage. the hawaiian marriage law allows couples to register and be married on the sa
to pay for themselves in energy savings over the course of president obama's tenure. but just down the street at the grand hyatt hotel in washington, the white house's solar panels are the object of scorn and strategy. it is the meeting of the exchange council, alec, the consortium, where mostly republicans fought for the passage in their states. the initiative is to punish american homeowners who choose to go solar, the idea is to make the solar-powered homeowners pay a penalty for using fewer fossil fuels, disincentivize the use. alec's stated objective is blocking the renewable energy at the state and federal level. touting their laws that reform, freeze or repeal state or renewable energy mandates. these internal documents obtained by "the guardian" boasts that 15 states used this kind of legislation. they try to get their bills copied and passed as law in as many states as possible. that is what they do. the american legislative exchange council. they write or take legislation and then shop it to other states. sometimes they already became law, like in the bill stripping union
. >> it is officially the christmas season at the white house. >> three, two, one. >> president obama and the first family huddled in the rain to light the national christmas tree. the ceremony was hosted by actress, jane lynch and featured performances by mariah carey, and others. >>> all right, wow, ahead, the warriors deep in the heart of texas. fate or fortune? and the new york yankees, they may have a big name, but tonight they made it rain on a one-time giant. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, carlos beltran is going bac to re-up with the >>> all right, got a minute of friday night sports. carlos beltran, going back to new york. playing outfield for the yankees, he has 45 million reasons to do it. tonight the former giant agreed to a three-year deal. beltran comes, robinson cano goes. the mariners, ten years, 240 million to be the face of their franchise. jeremy lin sat this one out and tear the war yores apart in houston. rockets blew the warriors out of the building. double digit lead. off the block. no answers for james harden with the easiest slam. 105-83. rockets beat the dub. the bad two days with the s
's death reached the white house, president obama said this. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes and not by their fears. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us, as best we can, to forward the example that he set to make decisions not guided by hate but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. >> joining us now, a professor from columbia university and joy reid, managing editor and eugene robinson, i'd like to stop with you. to everyone -- i don't want you to feel limi
for the bush white house. the election of barack obama, the kind of change towards a multiracial society that he saw in south africa as well. it was not just south africa that nelson mandela was revolutionary. it was his moral stature around the world and the way that he used it that made a difference. was tremendous respect from leaders around the world for nelson mandela. next year. are coming ines from presidents of this country. george w. bush, "we join the people of south africa and around the world and celebrity the life of nelson mandela. he was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he left the world with dignity and grace and our world is better off because of his example," that from president george w. bush a short time ago. jonathan karl, certainly president obama made aware of the news, the loss this afternoon. have we heard anything yet from the president? >> the white house is well aware of this, something we have been tracking a long time. no official statement yet. was a towering influence on president obama, inspiration. if you look now at the scre
obama care pitch. former white house press secretary and msnbc contributor, robert gibbs. nice to have you this morning. >> good morning, how are you? >> pretty good. robert, i want to play for you a moment from march of o 2010, march 22nd, 2010, a press conference where you're speaking. i want to play this for a sec. >> look, health care is going to become law tomorrow. i think that -- i can't speak to all of the amendments or all of the shenanigans that will be tried on capitol hill over the course of the next many days. but we're confident that this process is coming to an end. >> right, we're confident this process is coming to an end. that's march of 2010. we are still having this fight. are you surprised about how much resistance and shenanigans there have been? >> no, i'm not. i mean, what i was referencing there was the legislative shenanig shenanigans. remember, this thing -- this thing took, you know, ten, eleven months, and had multiple near-death experiences, and was in, to use a health care analogy, critical condition for many of those months. so, look, i think the white h
for their temperament and they will wear vests that read, pet me. >>> the white house says the problems with its website are now fixed. the obama administration says 50,000 people can now log on to healthcare.gov at the same time. more than 400 bugs have been fixed. response times have improved from eight seconds to one. and error rates have gone from 6% to less than 1%. >> hopefully we are going to have americans get access to that healthcare they need. >> most americans are going to find a less dynamic health system. they are going to find that the costs of the healthcare that they must purchase is going to be a lot higher. >> republicans are now focusing on the overall healthcare bill rather than the website. even with the improvements, the administration admits the site could still buckle under peak demand. december 23rd is the final signup date to ensure coverage on january 1. >>> checking our bay area headlines, the santa rosa teen shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy may have a memorial park created in his honor. sonoma county lawmakers will meet tomorrow to discuss requests from the community.
york, i'm chris hayes, the white house today got the best news it has had in two months about obama care. we will bring that news to you in a moment as well as the president's latest push to get young people to enroll. but it has always been the case, the political fate of obama care would rest ultimately on its performance, what it did for people's lives and not on the lies and slander directed at it from the right. and while the smears deployed against it get shorter and shorter we have the latest example. did you hear about the guy whose baby was denied coverage under obama care? >> those family plan quotes included myself, my wife, our 7, 5, and 3-year-old, and 18 month-old was left off. the response was no, they don't allow family plans under the age of 8. >> this guy tried to sign his family up for insurance on the new york state exchange and they refused to enroll his 18 month-old baby? obama care is anti-toddler? the story, as you might imagine, got a lot of pickup in the right wing media. the post surfaced again and again all over conservative press and of course landed dis
are as well. >> that was president obama pitching obama care at the white house youth summit yesterday. here with us now from policy mike ceo and found er. policy mike is inviting young people to share ideas for what their generation and white house can do to make the affordable care ac. what does president obama have to say to young americans tonight to make them change their minds and it's worth signing up for health insurance? >> i think the key point is they haven't made up their mind yet because they are not educated enough on what the law means for them, how it will impact them in the short term and long term. the most important thing president obama can do is start a conversation, start a discussion which is really what he's set out to do and so this open mike conversation the white house will be responding to the most voted on submissions from young people all across the country. so i think president obama is very committed to starting a conversation that will hopefully get our generation educated on the details which are critical about this law. >> you know, jake, before -- you know
. >>> the white house declares victory fixing the obama care website. >> what caused the crash that killed the actor paul walker. >>> and what amazon.com learns about drone delivery. >> first we look at your world in 90 seconds. >> people were screaming. >> i thought i'm going to die. >> federal investigators look into the deadly derailment in new york city. >> at least four people were killed after the commuter train jumped the tracks as it rounded the curve yesterday morning. >> we're eager to hear the results of the investigation whatever it is. >> the white house says the newly launched website has made progress from the disastrous begins. >> they've taken the step to come back. >> amazon.com or ebay. >> the government rejected political trade deals with the european union. >> freezing rain in massachusetts causes a huge pile up. more than 70 cars and three tractor trailers crashed on the interstate. >> i knew i was going to hit somebody or something. >> the passenger on board may have tuberculosis. >> online sales could reach $2 billion. >> you look lovely. a
on wednesday. >> after being on defense for two months on obama care, the white house is now playing offense. the president was battered for two months with bad publicity over the failures of the health care.gov website. >> the white house says it's now time to promote the president's signature health care plan now that the website's fixed and apparently running pretty well. >> that's what they say. that it's running smoothly, but republicans who opposed the health care program came out swinging against the administration's efforts to renew hope in obama care. >> it's not just a broken website. this bill is fundamentally flawed. causing people to lose the doctor of their choice, causing them to lose their health plan, and if that isn't enough, they're having to pay higher prices at the same time. so house republicans will continue to listen to our constituents, listen to the american people and try to focus on protecting them from a fundamentally flawed law. >> this as a new poll a gallup poll shows young americans between 18 and 29 don't know much about the affordable care act. unfortunatel
. >>> the latest on the obama care website. white house now claims it has been fixed, working smoothly 90% of the time, but will consumers find that to be true. so much at stake for president obama and millions of americans seeking health insurance. and abc's jon karl has all of the latest from the white house. good morning, jon. >> reporter: the white house is not quite declaring mission accomplished. they say they've finally achieved their first goal, getting the website improved to the point where most people can use it to pick out health insurance. after two months of system crashes and error messages, the white house says healthcare.gov is working for the vast majority of people who try to use it. in a report filled with colorful charts and graphs. the white house uses to measure its success. some 400 software bugs and hardware problems have been fixed. the website can now handle 50,000 users at a time, 800,000 a day. it's now accessible 90% of the time, up from just 40% in october. the man in charge of the website reboot, gave his bottom line in a conference call with reporters. >>
for the obama administration. >> reporter: the white house says 50,000 people can now log on to healthcare.gov all at the same time. >> we have a much more stable system that's reliably open for business. >> reporter: jeffrey, who leads the president's website repair team, said in a conference call this weekend that after more than 400 bump fixes and software -- bug fixes and software upgrades, the obama administration met its goal a working site for the vast majority of users. >> the site is stable and operating at intended capacity with greatly improved performance. >> reporter: response times have improved from 8 seconds in late october to less than 1 second. error rates have gone from 6% to less than 1%. democrats applaud the progress. >> hopefully we are going to have americans get access to the healthcare they need. >> reporter: republicans argue once consumers get in, they won't like what they see. >> most americans are going to find a less dynamic health system. they are going to find that the cost of the healthcare that they must purchase is going to be higher. >> reporter: even w
surveyed approved of the job president obama is doing in the white house. but 43% disapprove. and that number is up 8 points since july. it also shows 33% say the country is headed in the right direction. but 55% say we're headed in the wrong direction. >>> a midnight wedding in hawaii for 6 same sex couples. the state legislature voted last month to legalize same-sex marriage there. the law took effect today. the state's marijuana laws allow couples to register for a lightning and be married on the same day. hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex marriages. >>> it's going to be cool out there tonight, but not as cold as it will be coming up. the clouds are going to stay for the most part above freezing. when the clouds clear tomorrow, things really do change around. here comes the cold front. at midnight, you see maybe a little drizzle or something along the coast. maybe a few sprinkles. here comes the front, it sort of passes through. that's tomorrow morning at about 7:00 a.m. as we go through the day, it clears out. those clear skies tomorrow afternoon are going to mak
at $551 a share. >>> only on 2 tonight, a new ktvu field poll shows president obama's approval rating in california continues to slip. the poll found 51% of those surveyed approved of the job president obama is doing in the white house. but 43% disapprove. and that number is up 8 points since july. it also shows 33% say the country is headed in the right direction. but 55% say we're headed in the wrong direction. >>> a midnight wedding in hawaii for 6 same sex couples. the state legislature voted last month to legalize same-sex marriage there. the law took effect today. the state's marijuana laws allow couples to register for a lightning and be married on the same day. hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex marriages. >>> it's going to be cool out there tonight, but not as cold as it will be coming up. the clouds are going to stay for the most part above freezing. when the clouds clear tomorrow, things really do change around. here comes the cold front. at midnight, you see maybe a little drizzle or something along the coast. maybe a few sprinkles. here comes the front, it sort of
put on the need for reconciliation. >> reporter: the white house says president and mrs. obama as long w-z former president george w. bush and bill clinton plan to attend the memorial event. >>> stpraáp announced their own memorial for nelson mandela. it'll be held in the rotunda and former mayor brown will attend. >>> san francisco animal control today arrested a man suspected of drowning two cat that is belonged to a homeless woman. animal control officers say they arrested lee roy patterson on drum street after a struggle. police say patterson confronted the homeless work last month on pier 15. he threw her belongings right into the bay including her two cats. patterson is now facing two counts of felony animal cruelty and if convicted he could get -p up -- could get up to two years in jail. >>> continuing coverage of the unseasonably cold weather affecting those who make live on the streets in san jose. >> reporter: emergency workers handed out covers in san jose . other homeless people there were sad about the death and worried about themselves. >> it scares me because i'm going
for reconciliation. >> reporter: the white house says president and mrs. obama as long w-z former president george w. bush and bill clinton plan to attend the memorial event. >>> stpraáp announced their own memorial for nelson mandela. it'll be held in the rotunda and former mayor brown will attend. >>> san francisco animal control today arrested a man suspected of drowning two cat that is belonged to a homeless woman. animal control officers say they arrested lee roy patterson on drum street after a struggle. police say patterson confronted the homeless work last month on pier 15. he threw her belongings right into the bay including her two cats. patterson is now facing two counts of felony animal cruelty and if convicted he could get -p up -- could get up to two years in jail. >>> continuing coverage of the unseasonably cold weather affecting those who make live on the streets in san jose. >> reporter: emergency workers handed out covers in san jose . other homeless people there were sad about the death and worried about themselves. >> it scares me because i'm going through the same cold. you kn
: as the white house spends the next three weeks trying to convince americans there's more to obama care than the fumbled rollout, a powerful ally talked to cnn espanol. >> i don't think you can find anybody harder that went out of his way to explain the bill more than i did. >> reporter: he's smoothing over tension lingering from this. >> the president should honor the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got. >> reporter: when he publicly urged obama last month to keep his promise about his health care law. for clinton, the issue hits close to home. >> i have a lot at stake here personally for the work i've done for health care and the work i tried to support. and hillary does, too. we've been working on this health care thing for 20 years. >> reporter: president obama will be speaking at a youth summit on the affordable care act. chris, as you know, young people are key to this. they're si their signing up, is going to offset, that's the plan anyway, older americans who are more costly to care for. >> absolutely. brianna keilar at the white house this morning
. even the house speaker john boehner climbed on board the obama hates toddlers bandwagon, after saying he learned obama wouldn't cover his baby. now, hearing this story you may ask yourself the question any journalist writing the story or producer doing a segment about it, or any person with just basic common sense would be asking, could it possibly be the case that obama was denying coverage to a toddler? well, the answer, that very good question is no, of course not. of course not, that is not true. a spokesperson from the new york health department said the story was 100% false. of course, everyone is covered in the family policy. in fact, it appears the clerical error was at fault for the misconception. and a clerical error that it appears he himself might have been behind. they quoted, the mix up appears to be in the application, which originally listed only three of his children even though he has four. when the clerical error was discovered it was corrected, the health department said. how dare the president not know how many kids the long island dad has. of course, the man also
, the white house today got the best news it has had in two months about obama care. we will bring that news to you in a moment as well as the president's latest push to get young people to enroll. but it has always been the case, the political fate of obama care would rest ultimately on its performance, what it did for people's lives and not on the lies and slander directed at it from the right. and while the smears deployed against it get shorter and shorter we have the latest example. did you hear about the guy whose baby was denied coverage under obama care? >> those family plan quotes included myself, my wife, our 7, 5, and 3-year-old, and 18
. >>> the white house sure goes all out for the holidays. first lady michelle obama unveiled the annual christmas decorations on wednesday and welcomed the children of military families for the party. the first family's newest edition, their dog sonny stole the spotlight. major garrett is at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, gayle, charlie and norah, i have experience with this. no visit to the white house is ever ordinary, but some are for the history books or at least the highlight real. just ask the family of 2-year-old ash lynn gardner. >> it was an event fit for princes and princesses. sons and daughters of the military, the first americans to see this year's white house decorations. amid the choreographed preciousness, the first family's rambunctious portuguese water dogs bo and sunny appeared. sunny encountered 2-year-old ashton gardner and the holiday knockdown seen around the world. the first lady tugged the leash and tried to remain composed. ashton's composure, perfect and calm. ashton even tried to feet white house candy to sunny's calmer cani
for that update. >>> coming up on "new day, request itself the white house says the obama carry website is fixed. dr. sanjay gupta is paying the site a house call. he will let us know how healthy it really is. and he will tell you ability a concern he has that no one is talking about. >>> also ahead, a woman survives a harrowing plane crash and finds the strength to hike through wilderness to get help. her incredible story coming up. . t medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hundreds of dollars. cvs/pharmacy wants to help you save on medicare expenses. talk to your cvs pharmacist, call, or go to cvs.com/compare to get your free, personalized plan comparison today. call, go online, or visit your local store today. ...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the environment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great deal on a new subaru. we'll
president obama coming off the white house announcement that the health care website is mostly fixed will make a new push today to get more americans enrolled in insurance. the white house is really racing against the clock now. >> reporter: that's right. and, george, this is a big, new p.r. push beyond just trying to get more people to enroll. the white house is trying to turn public opinion on this by reminding people of what they say are the benefits of the health care law for everybody. things like ending discrimination for people who have pre-existing conditions. and expanding coverage to millions of people who never had health insurance. and there will be a political component to the president's message today, and this push that you will see virtually every day for the next three weeks. he's going to be saying and the white house will be saying, the republicans simply have no alternative to this health law. >> you saw the website working at a much higher capacity yesterday. but still, a lot of bugs that could surprise people as they enroll. >> reporter: yes. and one of the bigg
're still having some trouble. today president obama opens a new effort to highlight the positive side of the affordable care act. major garrett is at the white house this morning. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. with a speech scheduled for 11:30 a.m. pacific, president obama will try to dig out from about the risks of repealing it. democrats running for re-election for 2014 are already panicking. this is the president's first concerted effort to calm them down. the white house is changing its tone highlighting the achievements of obama care and the progress that has been made since the botched launch of the healthcare.gov website just two the. >> the queueing system is a featured design to improve the user experience. enrolled. how many were shuttled into that comeback later queue. in a miami health clin irk, june miles may tried for a hird time to purchase insurance through the website. she hasn't had insurance due to diabetes and other pre-existing conditions. the website kept telling her to wait. >> i'm hoping everything goes
the nelson mandela statue right there in washington. the white house flag at half-staff right now, as well. last night, president obama likened mandela to abraham lincoln when he said mandela belongs to the ages now. giving us a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes, not their fears. >> that conviction, too, george, apparent throughout his singular life. evident in his final communication. a final tweet, in fact, from nelson mandela's account. and it does resonate. a real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that the end of the debate we should emerge stronger. >> he said his 27 years in prison made him stronger and more mature. and we have much more coming up on nelson mandela, as well. >>> we're also tracking the huge ice storm this morning. more on that in a minute. >>> let's get to south africa. you see the black car carrying mandela's coffin right there. it's going from johannesburg to pretoria. it's draped with the south african flag. abc's alex marquardt is in johannesburg right now. good morning, alex. >> reporter: g
. >>> 7:45. happening today at the white house, president obama will talk about the economy this morning. he will focus on the income gap between the rich and the poor. he will say that income in equality and shrinking economic mobility are a fundamental threat to the american dream. he will also call for increasing the minimum wage. he's due to speak at 8:15 this morning. ktvu will provide coverage of his remarks right here on "mornings on 2." >>> about 1.3 million unemployed americans could lose federal jobless benefits starting january 1st. emergency jobless benefits for long-term unemployed people are due to expire at the end of the year unless congress appears to extend it. that doesn't seem likely right now, especially since many republicans are against it. the federal unemployment insurance kicks in for laid-off workers who use up the standard six months of state-funded compensation. >>> 7:46. it looks like human error could be to blame for last sunday's deadly train derailment in new york. a rail workers' union says the engineer, william rockefeller, admitted to losing focus and
a clean bill of health for obama care. deputy senior adviser from the white house joins me from the north lawn. david, thank you very much. you set a fairly low bar, this vague working for majority that want to sign on and 50,000 could be served at one time, 800,000 in a day. is that good enough? what's the next step? >> so andrea, as you know, this is going to be a process of continuous improvement. compared to where we were in early october as jeff said yesterday it is night and day to the point we can handle a certain number of concurrent users. we're monitoring to make sure the system is stable, the response times are good, the error rates are continuously going down. we've set up a queueing system for those instances where there's overwhelming volume on the system to better manage the flow. we've set up anonymous shopping right on the home page of healthcare.gov so people can look at plans in a much more comprehensive way. based on what we learn, we continue to make these improvements. so by the time we get to the end of open enrollment march 31st, as many people who want to sign up
of milk could cost $7 if congress does not pass a new farm bill. president obama is optimistic a deal could be reached. the republican controlled house and the democratic controlled senate remain at odds over parts of the farm bill. especially cuts to the food stamp program. >> an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on a comprehensive farm bill and hopes and expects that can be achieved before the end of the year. >> milk would not be the only item effected if there is no deal. all dairy products including butter, cheese, ice cream will soar along with corn, wheat, and soy beans. >>> time is 6:17. and happening now cal trains holiday train making a return this weekend. you've got to love christmas in the bay area. it is so fantastic. this is a live look at the train that is is getting ready for its public debut starting tomorrow. the train is decorated with 60,000 lights and stop at nine stations between san francisco and santa clara. look at that. santa, mrs. claus and their friends will be at each station. salvation army will be there to collect toy donations. the train begins it
a commuter trail to derail in new york city. four people were killed. right now, the white house is giving the new and improved obama care website some positive reviews. the obama administration says the healthcare.gov site is running smoothly for the vast majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv
are talking obama care with kentucky governor steve bashir today, part of the white house's new push to sell the health care law. bashir's state is considered an obama care success story. >>> how about this at number five an early working draft one of bruce springsteen's biggest hits going up for auction today, it is the handwritten lyrics sheet to "born to run." it's estimated to bring in $70,000 to $100,000. we always update the five things to know so go to newdaycnn.com for the latest. kate, over to you. >> thanks, michaela. >>> a desperate effort is under way to save an american man being held in abu dhabi. shezanne cassim and his friends arrested over a parody video they made and posted online. here is more of the story. shezanne cassim is behind bars in abu dhabi for this. >> home of the deadly satwa gs. >> reporter: a parody video the 9-year-old from minnesota posted online. in it, he pokes fun at a clique of teens trained in a fictional combat patrol to control the streets of dubai. the 19-minute video begins with a disclaimer explaining it's fiction, portraying themselves as wanna b
's actually more likes than president obama's statement on his white house facebook page which is not surprisingly, much more popular than the ted cruz facebook page, given that he's the president. also, at the white house page, you can find a lot of nasty invective but you expect that conservatives would lash out against president obama, not so much against ted cruz. >> sure. but do we think, to use your metaphor of the proverbial bathroom wall of the internet, do we think ted cruz is reading this stuff and responding? >> well, there is a response from his office, which is mr. mandela deserves to be remembered and honored for his sacrifices in pursuit of freedom, for the oppressed and his historic achievements to that end. that's from a spokeswoman, ka katherine frazier. he's aware there has been a negative response from some conservatives. he got similar not as negative, but some negative response when he supported the gillibrand amendment that had to do with sexual assault in the military, a complicated bill we can talk about at another time, but he also got brush back from
obama will start a new push for the health care go website. in any event at the white house he will highlight people he says have been helped by his health care reform law and website. --healthcar.gov website. in an event. the president also is expected to said the republicans want to strip away benefits without offering an alternative. the government saying most of the glitches on the health care.gov website have now been fixed. and now that the health care.gov website is supposed to be running smoother, consumers are reporting mixed success as they try and lock on to the updated health-care exchange. brokers and online and sisters in utah say three of every four people want to sign up for coverage of the federal government on one exchange are succeeding within an hour of walking in. navigators and wisconsin, illinois, alabama and north dakota reported a vast improvement. the website is serving as a health-care exchange for 36 states which did not refuse to set up their own website. california has its own unchanged at coveredca.com has also had some problems. our state exchang
none of the allegations against ford have been proven. >>> the obama administration says the new improved healthcare.gov website is working and is now time for americans to purchase health insurance but as susan mcginnis reports, the group the white house most wants to sign up may be the hardest sell. >>> reporter: the obama administration says 29,000 americans enrolled on healthcare.gov in the first two days after it was fixed. that includes dawn from texas. she is a self-employed musician who is buying health insurance for the first time in 20 years. >> i was very surprised at the prices actually. we entered all my tax info and income and stuff and i was pleasantly surprised. >> reporter: erin is in her 40s and has health problems but for the new law to work the white house needs millions of healthy young people to sign up to make coverage more affordable for everyone else. the president made his pitch during a white house youth summit wednesday. >> i hope you haven't been discouraged by how hard it's been because stuff that's worth it's always hard. >> reporter: a new harvard
is expected on december 23rd. >>> your time is 6:37. later this morning president obama will mark the 25th anniversary of world aids day with a speech at the white house. now the president released a lock calimas in because of advances in treatment an aids free world is in reach. the event marked the 25th anniversary of world aids day. and phil wilson the gentleman there the founder of the black aids institute was honored there. in his speech he talked about the importance of awareness and a promise he made to his partner who died in 1989. >> the last thing i said to him before he took his last breath was i will be in this fight until its over. but it is not over. it is not over. >> the center for disease control says african americans make up about 14% of the u.s. population but represent 44% of new hiv cases. >>> vice president joe biden landed in japan. the first stop of his week long trip. this is new video of the vice president arriving in japan. >>> tonight the martinez committee will debate the issue of outside -- police have investigated those complaints they found the growers were
, president obama will start a new push for the health-care.gov website. in an event at the white house he will highlight people he says have been held by his health or care reform law and website. the president also working on possible subsidies to insurance companies to let people keep their existing insurance plans as was originally promised. the government say most of the glitches on these website have now been fixed. and now that to the website is supposed to be running smoother, consumers are reporting mixed success as they try and lock on to the updated health care exchange. >>james: and man was killed in a shark attack while fishing from a kayak in hawaii. it happened but it off the island of maui. apparently, the fishermen speak for dangling over the edge of his kayak when a shark bit one of them. a friend kayaking near by tried to stop the man's bleeding with a tourniquet and called on a nearby tour boat for health and they sailed a shore. >>: we all helped get the entire kayak with the body on to the boat. my wife, who is a physician determined as well as she could that the pers
are at half staff. this is video showing the white house last night. flags are lower the a public buildings and military facilities. president obama made the order yesterday evening and flags will continue to fly at half staff through sunset on monday. >> in washington, a memorial is growing outside the south african embassy with people leaving cards, candles and flowers following the announcement of the death. a visitor said you cannot put in word was he did for south africa. >> similar seen -- scene in long do where notes and flowers are left. this video was shot a few hours ago. his daughters were in london when they got word of their father's death. they attending the premiere of the new film honoring the late south african leader. >> this paris, the eiffel tower is lit up in south africa colors in honor of delaware. you can see green, red and blue lit up on the tower. >> back in the un, the apollo these they are in new york city harlem showing appreciate to mandela saying "nelson mandela, he changed our word." people are sharing memories and you can leave your thoughts on our facebook
bars, now eulogized by presidents and monarchs. in washington, flags at the white house were lowered to half-staff. president obama spoke of the man who inspired him. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: and former presidents clinton, bush and carter united to mourn the leader, in cities across the nation, people coming together to honor the man who has become a global symbol for justice and humanity, a touching tribute lights a marquee at the legendary apollo theater in harlem where nelson mandela visited to his first trip to the u.s. in 1990. >> he came to the state office building, drew about 200,000 people out here that day. and those struggles that we have here in the united states, he was very familiar with and they were going through the same in south africa. >> reporter: news of his death traveled swiftly around the world. prince william and kate middleton heard the news while attending the premiere of the film "mande
remaining legal cases against the health care law. >> mean time president obama announced new 100 million dollar initiative today to help find a cure for hiv. the president made announcement at the white house to mark world aids day which was yesterday. the money will good to the national institute of mental health health. the president says the u.s. should be at the forefront of discovery to eliminate hiv or put it into remission without requiring life long therapy. >> those of you who live through it remember all too well the fear and the stigma and how hard people with hiv had to fight to be seen or heard or to be treated with basic compassion. >>reporter: white house marked world aids day by hang ago giant red ribbon between column in the north port could. the president also announced that the u.s. has surpassed the ambitious goal he set last year to support 6 million people around the globe in getting access to anti-retro-viral dru drug. >> doctors reporting epidemic of very different kind of twins. the center for disease control and prevention says that 46 percent of all babi
, and the white house plans to spend every day until then highlighting the affordable care act. president obama kicked it off today. >> i have said very clearly that our poor execution in the first couple months on the website clouded the fact that there are a whole bunch of people who stand to benefit. now that the website is working for the vast majority of people, we need to make sure that folks refocus on what's at stake here, which is the capacity for you or your families to be able to have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost through choice and competition on this marketplace, and tax credits that you may be eligible for, that can save you hundreds of dollars in premium costs every month, potentially. more problems may pop up. as they always do when you're launching something new. and when they do, we'll fix those, too. but what we also know is that after just the first month despite all the problems in the rollout, about half a million people across the country are poised to gain health care coverage through marketplaces and medicaid beginning on january 1st, some
on track to be the least productive congress ever. >> the house continued to listen to the american people and focus on their concerns. whether it is economy, jobs, protecting the american people from obama care, we have done our work. >> that is true, speaker boehner, the tsa loose change act is not the only thing you passed. there have been some really, really undercover highlights. for instance h.r. 1071, to specify the size of the precious metal coins for the baseball hall of fame. congress has done a very nice thing for one of their retired colleagues. h.r. 22 89d to rename section 219 c of the internal revenue code of 1986 as the kay bailey spousal ira. there is the freedom to fish act. a bill to prohibit the corps of engineers to take actions to establish a restricted area of public waters down stream of a dam so people can fish at dams without restriction because of freedom. if you detect sarcasm in my voice, it's because i'm frustrated with house republicans. one of the most insidious aspects of a congress that so habitually underperforms, is begin to underperform in imagining wha
obtained an e-mail sent thursday by the house chiefe iv preventing staffers from signing up. meanwhile the obama care's front page is sporting a new design that is supposed to actually make it easier to use. >>> well, if you hop on a train, your commute morning or whenever you commute, your life is in the hands of the engineer, the deadly commuter train wreck in the bronx last weekend now shedding new light on the high-pressure duties of driving trains. we talked to a chicago man who guides a million pound commuter train while carefully balancing signals, speed, and safety. >> reporter: as passengers rush through their morning commute engineer jeff cline scales 12 feet into this locomotive and gets ready to take responsibility. for hundreds of peoples' lives. with the throttle and two brakes, cline alone controls this 1 million pound behemoth during its three-hour run. and he's got a lot on his mind. what were you watching coming out of the station? >> the signals. crossings. crossing protection, the gates, pedestrians. speedometer. >> reporter: piloting a seven-car train 100 miles thr
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